Finding Free (and Legal) Images for Your Blog Posts

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During yesterday's Blogging Content Camp, there were many questions posed by the attendees about image selection.  Several campers wondered where they could find free images and some were concerned about copyright protection and how to properly provide attribution. Here are some suggestions for next steps with awesome image choices.

Finding images is simple with Flickr or Wikimedia

Images that have been made available for use through a Creative Commons license can easily be found on Flickr or Wikimedia Commons. Just type in a search term that describes the image you'd like to find, take a moment to learn what the terms of the license is for the image you like best, and insert it into your post with the necessary attribution.

Some other sites that provide free images include:

Free Media Goo

If you're looking for specialty images, try these sites:

morgue File - Images that will blow your mind.

Woophy - Terrific for that global appeal.

From Old Books : If you like engravings from old books!

Texture Warehouse : Textures and backgrounds

Insect Images: Bugs, insects and more.

Want to start finding images for your blog posts on Flickr? Check out this 1-minute tutorial on searching for Creative Commons-licensed images on Flickr created by Beth Dunn, HubSpot's Customer Content Developer.


Image credit: pasotraspaso

During yesterday's Content Camp (#3 Blogging), many questions were posed by the attendees about images and included where to find images, knowing which images to use, and wondering about copyrights.  And, because many new bloggers use Google's image search (which is usually fairly restrictive with its copyright terms), here is a quick overview of some sites you can use to augment your blog posts.

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